91-1123 Youdahammah st
Ewa beach, HI 96706
October 27, 2016
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Barack Obama, My name is Mesha Hoyle, and I am a student at LCC (Leeward Community College) in Hawaii. As a student starting his second year in college, I’m starting to see how going to college is important to me. While back in high school, going to college was far out of my mind. I was focused on video games and at least passing with a “C” or better. College to me back then was more of an afterthought. Whenever I thought about college, it made me think of preppy schools like Stanford, Princeton, or Harvard. Once I became a senior, I was getting hit with questions like, “Are you going to college?”, “Where are going”, “How are you paying for college” Even at that stage, I wasn’t thinking about college and what doors it could open for me. It all came to me my first year of college. I was expecting college to be like high school, but it wasn’t. I found that college has actually inspired me to further my education, because it has shown me what path it could lead me toward my future. I would Rather it be my career or life choice, being able to attend college has given me as an individual a goal in life. It keeps me busy and also keeps me curious. But I am afraid, that post high school education is in great danger for our future generation. As a country, education is our backbone to advancing the next generation to be great thinker and also leaders. I believe that the future rests in our children’s hands, but they would have to be educated. There is a dark cloud that’s shadowing future, and it’s the high cost of higher education. The average price of college is 23,893 a year. There has been an influx of people going to college to receive a degree in their desired career choice. Jobs and employers are more selective now days, employers only want the cream of the crop, the best of the best. So if it’s that competitive now? Think about what the next generation of what the children of this country will have to go through. I believe that the government should put more funds toward making higher education more affordable. Because it’s important to make sure our next generation of America are able to go to college. Secondly, to help build graduate salaries and employability, to help sustain our working middle class. And lastly, to incorporate significate contributions to society, with higher educated workers paying more taxes. Which would further more help the middle and lower class of society.
To begin, A high school diploma isn’t enough to get a sustainable job, to support your needs or even a family. That’s why higher education is really important for the future of this country. With the affordability of higher education that our children will be able to receive, the money would help them strive for better jobs. But affordable education doesn’t stop at better jobs, it would also better their life and well beings. And I’m not even including the multiple positive implications, which it could do for our country itself. According to usnews.com, states can benefit from investing in higher education. In the article, it explains, “It is a truism that education is no longer a luxury,” he continued. “Education in this day and age is a necessity.” (Camera, par 8). To explain further, by each state investing more into education, state representatives can strengthen their own economics by subsidizing their spending. While also having their higher wage workers contribute to higher education. And increasing their numbers of well educated workers at the same time. Furthermore, it’s a win-win situation for both the people and the government. The future of our children’s education would be secure. But at the same time, be able to live in a sustainable environment.
My second reason why you should put funds towards higher education. Is to build graduate salaries and employability. I am pretty sure nobody wants to work at an hourly job their whole lives. And as we can already see, the hourly minimum just isn’t enough to support a family. Moreover, by investing in higher education, this generation will get more people into college getting a degree. Which would then, able them to apply at higher salary jobs. Like I said in my first reason, this would greatly improve the well-being of our generation’s lives. “During a 40-year full-time working life, the median earnings of bachelor’s degree recipients
without an advanced degree are 65% higher than the median earnings of high school graduates.” (Payea,Baum, pg.4). In other words, people that got a bachelor’s degree and didn’t pursue a higher level, stayed at an median level pay. According to Opr.org, Having the chance to go college is better that having a chance. The article explains, “If you explore a major that appeals to you, the payoff will be much larger than without an education”. (Berger, Fisher, par2). Not everyone has an idea of what they would like to do, but that is the fun part about going to college. Finding something that you find interesting, could end up being something that you can make a career out of. From a personal experience, when I first started school, I didn’t really know what I was capable of. But as I got exposed to other people’s ideas and goals, I got inspired in what I would like to do, which is to become a registered nurse. My last reason why you should put more money, toward educations. Is it can effectively contribute to society with the higher educated workers, paying their share of higher taxes. With students graduating with degrees and getting higher salary jobs, that would place them into the high tax bracket. According to Michelle, a student aid at LCC (Leeward Community College), “With an influx of graduate students earning higher paying jobs, it would force them into a higher tax bracket. Which the money could be used to keep tuition prices down.” That would create a revolving cycle of some sort. In an article written by opi.org it says “Investing in education is also good for state budgets in the long run, since workers with higher incomes contribute through taxes, over the course of their lifetimes” (Berger, Fisher, par #4). Again, we come back to sustainability, by having higher education more affordable, we are able to create more qualified workers for higher paying jobs. Which that would intern them to pay higher taxes, which will start the cycle all over again. Think of it as a sort of recycling education. By having educated workers; paying higher taxes, each and every states economy can be improved. It could open up funding that the states usually wouldn’t have available. That money could be used towards improving public schools, fixing roads, and fixing other programs that could benefit from the money.
Now, if you do decide to support and help pour more money into higher education, there could be negative implications. By you investing more money into education, we would have to cut funds from other departments, which can cause negative backlash on your part. But then again, education for our next generation is a pressing matter. On an online article is explains an negative “If students receive free community college schooling without regard for their income levels, America’s College Promise could become a costly middle-class entitlement program. The estimated cost of the program, over 10 years, is $60 billion” (button, keith par 6) In other words, we would have to make a large step toward pay cuts. Plus with the graduate workers paying higher taxes, the money would come right back to them. In the form of taxes.
In conclusion, education is crucial for the future of America. Our children are going to need our help to pave the road for affordable education, so when their time comes, they won’t have to worry about how they’re going to pay for school. I believe that the government should put more funds toward making higher education more affordable. Because it’s important to make sure our next generation of America are able to go to college. Secondly, to help build graduate salaries and employability, to help sustain our working middle class. And lastly, to incorporate significate contributions to society, with higher educated workers paying more taxes. When we can successfully do that, They can solely focus on school and achieving a degree in their respective career fields, which I believe well better their lives and well-being at the same time. Making Higher education more affordable, will provide a stable base in careers and jobs for young people. Which those same people will be leading this country in the near future. So if you truly want to make America great again, support affordable higher education for not only the present, but the future.